April 29, 2015 Subject:
June 16, 2012 Subject:
Less is more -
When I used to play side two of Live/Dead, there was no interruption between St. Stephen and The Eleven. Now there is. Mr. Kaplan has even invented a new track, "William Tell", which is never mentioned on the album. So we have more "tracks", more interruptions and less continuity. Way to go, progress!
On their second album, "Anthem of the Sun", the boys created as many "tracks" as they could to maximize their profit. But they didn't put any breaks between the "tracks". Each side of the vinyl plays as one UNINTERRUPTED performance.
In the concerts Live/Dead was created from, their uninterrupted performance covered three sides of vinyl, so there had to be two interruptions to flip (or change) the record and reset the tone arm. But there were a couple of seconds of overlap on sides two and three, in an attempt to recapture the continuity. Using a friends' very expensive turntable and tape deck, I was able to put the first three sides of Live/Dead on one side of a cassette with NO AUDIBLE INTERRUPTIONS. That cassette tape was a highly valued possession for many years!
So if we only wanted to catch up to 1969's technology, tracks 9, 10 and 11 would have to be ONE track. And if we wanted to recreate the concert experience, tracks 8 through 12 would have to be one uninterrupted track. That is what those of us who invested in reel to reel back in the day were after.
PS Thanks to oh_uh_um_ah for letting us know that Baton Rouge is in Louisiana, and Louisiana is in the United States of America.
July 22, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" September 1, 1969 at the Baton Rouge Int'l Speedway, Baton Rouge, LA, United States of America
It's nice to be able to hear this show...seems like an odd place for the boys, but hey oddities never bothered them, eh?
I guess the kids call this stuff " Old School"...I was 14-15 in 1969...this is what we listened to while we cut school and "expanded" our minds...to higher learning...
Dark Star starts off with a mean splice...it's 17:22 long and goes through many phases...I have to say I do like Dark Star the way it used to sound back here in 1969...
Okay what's the point in talking about the "H" word? yeah, it has hissssss sssssssooo?
For a 69 recording, it's pretty amazing if you ask me...hey? do you know what was going on in September 69?
Woodstock had just happened, the Moon Landing in July, Vietnam War Protests, The BEATLES were rumored to be breaking up...Jimi Hendrix formed Band of Gypses...Nixon was on Laugh-In...saying, sock it too me...and Kubrick's 2001 the movie was in the theaters.
This is when the DEAD would play Dark Star and go into St Stephen,William Tell, The Eleven and then Turn On Your Lovelight, and then end it with And we Bid you Good Night...but it seems "and we bid you good night" either was cut or not performed.
I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.
Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.
Here's one way to dowload this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.
Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.
When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1969
January 31, 2009 Subject:
The venue is now a 100 acre tract of single family homes. Back in 69 it was the site of my first 'rock' concert, The New Orleans Intl. Pop Festival. I had gotten my drivers license the day before and drove the parents' 64 VW Bug to Prarieville, on Hwy 61 between Baton Rouge & New Orleans. There it was. Weirdness. Some bikers 'insisted' i lick some drops they'd deposited off the back of my hand & as i wandered the grounds everything sounded like Charlie Brown's teacher..Wha..WhaWha...WhaWhaWha. The Line-Up: White Fox, Snowrabbit, Deacon John and the Electric Soul Train, Whizbang, Axis, Sweetwater, Lee Michaels, Oliver, Jam Session, Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys, Spiral Staircase, It's a Beautiful Day, Country Joe and the Fish, the Byrds, the Youngbloods, Canned Heat, Pot Liquor (local band from Baton Rouge), Chicago Transit Authority, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Santana, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. Concert poster image at http://alexvcook.blogspot.com/2008/10/new-orleans-pop-festival-at-baton-rouge.html